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Witness 22 cars and drivers battle it out on the capital’s leafy streets, set to the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. 22 contestants but only one winner. Santiago, here we come.
  • Anyone can clinch the win in Formula E: With teams that finished stone cold last in the 2017/18 Championship now turning out on top and drivers claiming their first ever win despite four or more years at the wheel, the fifth season of Formula E is more unpredictable than ever before. In two races we've witnessed the fall of firm favourites and mighty manufacturers, while the underdogs reign supreme. With more of the same forecast for Santiago, the next win is anyone’s for the taking.
  • ATTACK MODE spice strikes again: After making an impact in the season opener in Saudi Arabia, ATTACK MODE continues to spice up the action on track, giving way to the most unpredictable and chaotic race in the series history. More overtaking, nose-to-tail racing, spins, saves and a healthy dose of disaster made up the madness that was the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix. Same again in Santiago?
  • From the Sahara to the streets of Santiago: After an iconic season-opener in the Middle East, to the wildest race yet in the heat of the Saharan sun. Now the ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to the leafy streets of Santiago, Chile in South America against the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. Santiago, we're coming for you.
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Witness 22 cars and drivers battle it out on the capital’s leafy streets against the spectacular backdrop of the Andes.
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Moments of madness in Marrakesh
Two pivotal moments led to the most action-packed and unpredictable race in Formula E history. After reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne spun in the opening seconds in his 'biggest mistake in Formula E,' the Frenchman caused chaos as the repercussions of his overambition rippled through the pack, ending several drivers' chances of a podium. Then, just minutes from the end, both BMW's threw away a sure one-two finish after colliding on track, handing the top spot to Mahindra's Jerome d'Ambrosio and the other two podium places to Envision Virgin racing.

Unforgotten man Jerome D’Ambrosio steals the win

In just two races this season, Jerome d'Ambrosio has already trumped the measly 28 points he accrued over the course of his 2017/18 campaign as a win in Marrakesh catapults him to the front of the Championship standings. Impressive? Very much so. Expected? Not in the slightest. But, then again, this is Formula E.


Bad boy Nelson Piquet Jr. fuels bitter Brazilian rivalry
After trading bodywork and verbal blows with fellow Brazilian Lucas di Grassi in Race 1, Piquet Jr. went on the offensive once again in Marrakesh, labelling Venturi's Felipe Massa an ‘amateur’. With all three Brazilian drivers fuelling the fierce rivalry as we head to South America, could tensions spill onto the streets in Santiago?

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Why Watch Formula E in 2019?

New Cars

While the championship might be only five years old, the technology racing around the circuit is ever-changing. The 2018/19 season sees 22 brand new Gen2 cars racing around the world in anger for the very first time. The Batmobile-esque all-electric racer has double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car, meaning it can complete a whole race, so wave goodbye to mid-race car swaps. With 250kW of power, the Gen2 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280km/h. Greater speeds, more action on track and with just one car per driver - there's everything to lose. 

New power modes

The 2018/19 season is set to be more intense than ever before. New ATTACK MODE lets every driver pick up an extra hit of power at their own risk. To fire up ATTACK MODE, drivers will need to arm their car, drive off the racing line, and through the Activation Zone. It’s only here that they’ll be able to collect an extra 25 kW of power. Drivers that secure the extra speed, can use it for a few laps when they want to race harder, giving them the edge to keep ahead of the competition.

The best driver line up

With newcomers HWA Racelab taking the total number of teams to 11, the 2018/19 season of Formula E boasts one of the finest driver line-ups in motorsport. With the likes of Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E), Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Maximillian Guenther (Geox Dragon), Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab) all new to the series, the competition is higher than ever before. With all drivers fighting to earn their seat, it’s tough at the top.

13 races in 12 cities over 5 continents

At Formula E we turn any city into a race track. The Formula E 2018/19 season calendar sees some familiar favourites reappear alongside some new, iconic cities. With a total of 13 races in 12 cities spread across five continents, what started in Saudi Arabia will return to Marrakesh and Santiago before moving to Mexico City, Hong Kong and, for the first time, Sanya in mainland China. For the newly titled voestalpine European Series, we're back on the streets of Rome, Paris, Monaco and Berlin before the series makes its debut in Bern ahead of finishing up with a double-header season finale in New York City, where we'll crown a new champion. It's going to be one hell of a ride.

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